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PBA: Lalaban tayo hanggang sa huli -- Aces coach Compton

ANTIPOLO -- Down 0-2 in a best-of-five semifinals series against the best and most star-studded team in the league, Alaska could’ve waived the white flag. But the Aces aren’t going down without a fight. Faced against overwhelming odds, Alaska stood its ground and made giant San Miguel Beer know that if it wants to advance into the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals the Beermen must go through them first. Even with their import Diamon Simpson playing hurt, the Aces blew out San Miguel, 125-104, to deny the Beermen a series sweep and live to fight another day Friday at the Ynares Sports Center here. “I thought everybody contributed at a time where, obviously, we’re still down, at a time we’re very down,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton, whose bench produced 71 points. “To tell you what guys, I love my guys. You heard me say it before I love my guys they don’t give up.” “We’re down 2-0 against the best team in the league, there’s every possibility to give up but they didn’t,” he added. The Aces dropped the series’ first two games including a painful Game 2 loss where Alaska squandered a 16-point lead. Ahead by nine points in at the half in Game 3, Alaska this time kept its hold of the lead and even extended it to 17 heading into the payoff period for a comfortable cushion. “Yun ang hiningi ko sa kanila, ‘lalaban tayo hanggang sa huli’. Lumaban sila,” said Compton. “You know we have to play great to beat San Miguel, I thought we played great tonight.” The mentor also praised his wards for stepping up as Simpson played with a sprained ankle he sustained in Game 2.     “I’m really proud of the guys when I had to sub him out when he looked like he was really hurt in the second quarter,” Compton said. “They were able to maintain and even at point extend our lead a little bit.” Vic Manuel delivered 24 points while Simpson still managed to score 21 markers and grab 13 boards. JV Casio also contributed with 15 markers while Simon Enciso flirted with a double-double with 10 points and eight assists in a time Alaska need all the help it could get. “It just feels like it was one of our days. Alam naman naming na doon sa kabila hindi biro ang bigat ng kalaban but we got one and we needed to get one,” said Compton. Now Alaska has a chance to get back in the series and take an equalizer on Sunday in Game 4.         ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 20th, 2018

PBA: No regrets for Vic Manuel as Alaska ousted from Commissioner s Cup

Vic Manuel's magical Commissioner's Cup run is over. Emerging as one of the top offensive threats for the Alaska Aces, he scored 20 points in 11 straight games, including a career-high 35 markers against the Magnolia Hotshots. His flawless moves on the post have been a revelation, mentored by one of the best centers the league has ever had, Danny Ildefonso. During the eliminations, the 'Muscle Man' normed 24.2 ppg on 58.2 FG%, 6.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg, which made him a frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference award. However, things started to change in the semis where his 20-point streak was cut short abruptly in Game 1 against San Miguel, where he just tallied 16 points.  Not a bad outing, really.  Unfortunately for Manuel, it became a turning point in the race which counts statistics through the semifinals, thus elevating reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo to the overall leader in the tally, including a 26-point, 12-rebound, two-assist, two-block performance in the series closer. For Manuel, an earlier exit than what he had expected was not a problem for him, as he proved himself to one of being the most feared weapons of coach Alex Compton's balanced attack. "Pero yun nga sabi ko, proud talaga ko sa team namin, sa mga teammates ko, lahat kami nagtulong tulong kasi hindi lang naman ako. Lahat kami nagtulong tulong para makarating dito." "Masaya na ako, naipakita ko. Okay na ako doon. Yun nga sabi ko, nakapasok kami sa semis. Kahit na na-short kami. Ayun lang kuntento na ako. Masaya na ako," the hulking forward added after the game. With key guys like Calvin Abueva (suspension), minutes and assists leader Chris Banchero (family emergency) and original import Antonio Campbell (called up to play in the NBA Summer League), Manuel was proud his team was able to hold the fort and fought tooth-and-nail against the reigning champs. Despite the great performance this conference, the 6'4 forward dispelled questions that his showing has elevated him to the upper echelon, vowing to keep grinding until he proves himself otherwise and avoids injury. Being one of the focal points of the Alaska offense in their rough-and-tumble semis, Manuel was given the go-signal by coaches Compton and Ildefonso to pace the attack, and that has given him a renewed sense of pride for himself. Now that his Commissioner's Cup journey is over, Manuel hopes to be included in the national team's replacement squad for the second window of the FIBA Qualifiers and finally don the 'Pilipinas' jersey for five-on-five, full-court basketball. "Bakit hindi? Syempre tutulong tayo sa bansa natin. Ready lang ako kung tatawagin nila ako. Syempre willing naman ako para maglaro sa Pilipinas. Sa 3x3 nga, ininvite nila ako naglaro ako, doon pa sa Gilas? Syempre, mas masarap maglaro sa 5-on-5, alam natin yun." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

PBA: Banchero after big game: 'I think it was my turn tonight'

After Alaska beat Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, head coach Alex Compton wasn't particularly too happy about his locals. After Alaska beat Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, safe to say Compton can smile about the way his locals performed. No other Alaska local shined brighter than Chris Banchero against the Elite, as the point guard put up the points in the win over Blackwater. Seriously, a lot of points. Banchero only missed four times and drilled 28 points for the Aces, finishing just behind import Mike Harris who had 38. "We needed to play better basketball than we did against Columbian, I thought we did tonight," Banchero said. "I got it going a little big tonight. I was good. I'm glad I played well, I think it was my turn tonight to score the basketball. I was not realy trying to score, it was just that I kinda got it going," he added. With the win, Alaska has forced a three-way tie for first place in the Governors' Cup with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three have identical 7-2 records. Still, Banchero says the Aces have room to take things to a higher level. "We knew we needed to get that win because top-4 is our goal and we'll make the push from there. Being top-4 is a huge advantage," he said. "I think we still have room to grow," Banchero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News1 hr. 7 min. ago

PBA: Alaska grinds out win over Columbian, but Compton ‘unhappy’

It was easy to understand why Alex Compton looked and sounded defeated even though he was doing the customary winning coach's interview. Playing a team that has done practically nothing worth remembering in the PBA Governors' Cup, Compton's Alaska Aces needed 44 points and 27 rebounds from import Mike Harris to turn back Columbian, 104-94, to earn at least a tie for a playoff berth in the season-closing conference on Wednesday night. For such a powerhouse team to be dragged into a close contest by such a lowly squad, Compton faced reporters with a long face, a somber tone and words of displeasure towards his charges who are up for a crucial game with another top four contender ...Keep on reading: PBA: Alaska grinds out win over Columbian, but Compton ‘unhappy’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

PBA: Mike Harris 'Couldn t care less' about his 44 point, 27 rebound effort

Alaska Aces import Mike Harris shrugged off his 44-point, 27-rebound performance that helped his team get the win over the still winless Columbian Dyip at the Cuneta Astrodome.  The scoring forward did it all, unleashing the full repertoire of slashing lay-ups, controrted shots and a couple of three-pointers. He definitely looked like one of the best reinforcements in the PBA Governors' Cup. For him, the gaudy numbers were never really the story, instead focused on the win that helped them inch closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs. "[I] couldn't care less," Harris said jokingly. "The only thing for me is the win. We played really bad the last game against Magnolia which is I mean credit to them they're a really good team." Just like what his coach Alex Compton said that the team was not playing at the level they were expected to, the swingman echoed the sentiments and was kind of disappointed at some instances of the game. "It happens in the NBA sometimes. Top teams play bottom teams and you play down and instead playing to that level.  Being one of the candidates for Best Import of the Conference, norming 28.50 points, 21.13 rebounds, and 2.13 assists per game in eight outings, the 35-year old said that chasing individual awards is already past him and he is just focused on the ultimate team goal. As an international journeyman, having stops in the NBA and multiple teams abroad, Harris has tallied quite the resume, including the NBA G-League MVP back in 2010, another MVP in Puerto Rico's top league, and a title in China.  "Because ultimately winning a championship, one person can't win a championship. And so, that's not been my focal point. Mine's been to see the guys on the team, see what's their strength and weaknesses are and continue to help them develop their weaknesses and turn them into strengths." When asked if he is already among the long list of great Alaska imports that include Sean Chambers, Diamon Simpson, Devin Davis, and the like, the 6'5 Harris mentioned that he has not proven himself at this part of the world, but would happily want to.  "And like I said, it's one game at a time. That list, I'm pretty sure it's great. Those guys won a championship so we go to the regular season and we lose in the finals, I wouldn't put myself in there." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

UAAP 81: Ateneo beating fueled La Salle s prep for AdU

After taking a sound beating at the hands of rival Ateneo, De La Salle University spent the whole week contemplating on what they did wrong. The Green Archers spent a whole week trying to pinpoint what went south against the Blue Eagles and they wanted to make sure those lapses were corrected for their game against the Adamson Falcons. Because while the opportunity to learn is always present, there are Final Four spots to win and already in the middle of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament, there's little room to just only learn. One has to win and the Green Archers did just that Saturday at the MOA Arena to end round one of the elimination round. La Salle forced overtime and took down no. 1 Adamson in extra session, improving to 4-3 and grabbing solo fourth in the standings halfway through the season. "Buong linggo after that loss to Ateneo, what we did was talagang back to basics kami," head coach Louie Gonzalez said. "Learning from the Ateneo game, dapat ma-correct kaagad namin. This is end of the first round, we should be competing already, the learning is there pero nasa gitna na kami, dapat lumalaban na kami talaga," he added. Despite beating Adamson, 79-78, Gonzalez admits that the Green Archers still had their low moments in the game. But he just credited those mistakes to the Falcons' style of play where they will still force errors regardless of your preparation. "Good thing dito sa game na ito nandun hanggang sa huli. Alam ko may glitches pero ayun yung ano pag Adamson kalaban mo eh," Gonzalez said. "They [Falcons] will push you to the limit, they will get to your head. Blink of an eye, kung mawala yung mental toughness mo, babalik at babalik sila sa game. Buti na lang nanalo," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

PBA: Red-hot Aces add to Beermen’s woes in Govs’ Cup

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal —- Alaska continues to make its case as one of the best teams in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. The Aces rolled to another win Saturday, overwhelming San Miguel Beer, 128-119, at the Ynares Center here. Alaska pushed its record to 5-1 for the conference, which tied Magnolia for second place and is only half a game back of two-time champion Ginebra for pole position. The Aces also added to the Beermen’s woes this conference, sending San Miguel to their third straight loss for a 2-4 mark. "I'm so happy to get a win here. Obviously we made some shots. I thought our ball movement was pretty good, and then we made some shots," head coach Alex Compton said.  "Sometimes you have games where your ball movement is good but you miss shots. Tonight we knocked them down," he added. Import Mike Harris was a beast anew for Alaska, firing 36 points on 58 percent shooting. He also had 23 rebounds. The locals also came through for the Aces with Vic Manuel scoring 20 points and Simon Enciso adding 18. Chris Banchero had another double-double with 15 points and 12 assists. For the Beermen, Kevin Murhpy's explosive PBA stint continued with 45 points. Unfortunately, San Miguel is yet to win with Murphy as import. 2017 top pick Christian Standhardinger scored 23 in the first half and finished with 28 points total to go along with 13 rebounds.   The scores: ALASKA 127 – Harris 36, Manuel 20, Enciso 18, Banchero 15, Teng 12, Exciminiano 11, Casio 7, Racal 7, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0. SMB 119 – Murphy 45, Standhardinger 28, Santos 20, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 7, Nabong 5, Mamaril 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Ross 0. Quarters: 34-36; 67-64; 93-89; 127-119. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

PBA: Compton to injured June Mar: 'Next year ka na lang [bumalik]'

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Beating San Miguel is always nice but beating San Miguel with June Mar Fajardo is better. Head coach Alex Compton and his Alaska Aces beat the Beermen Saturday sans Fajardo, and he knows that's not up to par compared to beating San Miguel with the Kraken. Still, anytime you beat SMB is a big deal, and Compton knows that too. "Everybody is fighting for that twice-to-beat and this is huge against clearly the dominant team in the past three years," Compton said after the 128-119 win over the Beermen that put Alaska to 5-1 for the conference, tied for second place. "And I know June Mar is not there, that helps us. When you don't have to play against the dominant force in the league, it ups your chances, so that changes everything," he added. Fajardo, the league's reigning four-time MVP and favorite to win a fifth this year, has yet to suit up in the Governors' Cup. June Mar is dealing with a shin injury. While Fajardo is expected to rejoin the Beermen soon, barring setbacks in his recovery, Compton has a suggestion for the San Miguel's prized center. "I know June Mar is a really good guy, I hope he gets better. Ang payo ko lang sa kanya, pahinga ka muna. Sobrang halaga ka sa national team, may future ka. Baka next year ka na lang [bumalik]," the Alaska coach said, jokingly of course. "No, I'm sure he'll be back soon and back to MVP form," he added. Compton sure knows just how dominant Fajardo can be for the Beermen. After all, San Miguel's latest dynasty in the June Mar era was built by beating the Aces numerous times in the Finals. So everytime he's out, it helps the rest of the PBA balance things out a bit, and that includes the Aces. "I think June Mar is so dominant, even if he didn't play this conference he should still win MVP. I mean, he's just incredible," Compton said. "So it helps us that he's not there but I do hope he gets better soon," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Aces stake unbeaten slate vs Gin Kings

Alaska guns for an early 4-0 start when it meets back-to-back defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel tonight in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Aces test the reigning champions at 6:45 p.m. Alaska coach Alex Compton, whose team is coming from a 107-98 win over Phoenix recently, [...] The post Aces stake unbeaten slate vs Gin Kings appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

PBA: Aces deal first loss to Abueva s Fuel Masters

Alaska gets the better of the Beast this time. The Aces dealt Phoenix a 108-97 beating Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Big Dome, winning the first game against their former star who now plays for the Fuel Masters. For the first time since trading Calvin Abueva to Phoenix, both parties met on the court and Alaska got the win to start, extending its opening streak to three games for first place in the season-ending joust. Down by as many as 11 in the first half, the Aces recovered in the third and put away Phoenix in th fourth, using a 10-0 run to open up a 97-85 lead. The Aces had another run to finish the game off to take over the no. 1 spot in the standings. "I felt like Phoenix dominated us for most of the first half," head coach Alex Compton said. "Honestly, at halftime, I was really not happy with our effort," he added. Fortunately for Compton, his locals came to play in the second half. With import Mike Harris dealing with foul trouble, Chris Banchero, Simon Enciso, and Noy Baclao did the heavy lifting for Alaska. Harris still lead the team in scoring with 23 points but only six came in the second half. Banchero added 19 points while Enciso was good for 18. Baclao scored 15 points in a surprise solid performance. The Fuel Masters got 27 points and 24 rebounds from import Eugene Phelps while rookie Jason Perkins was good for 20. Abueva finished with 18 points and nine rebounds against his former team. Phoenix dropped to 2-1.   The Scores: Alaska 108 - Harris 23, Banchero 19, Enciso 18, Baclao 15, Manuel 9, Racal 8, Exciminiano 5, Casio 5, Teng 4, Pascual 2.  Phoenix 97 - Phelps 27, Perkins 20, Abueva 18, Wright 13, Chua 6, Jazul 6, Intal 5, Revilla 2, Wilson 0.  Quarters: 19-22, 54-49, 83-78, 108-97 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

PBA: Aces on Abueva: 'Calvin is Calvin'

Despite trading him away to another team and then beating him in their first game against each other, the Aces still have good words about former star forward Calvin Abueva. Alaska traded Calvin to Phoenix a couple of weeks back and on Wednesday, the Aces beat the Fuel Masters, 108-97, to mark the true fresh start for both parties. The Aces are keeping it classy following the huge victory. "Calvin is Calvin," guard Chris Banchero said of his former teammate. "We knew he was gonna be himself. He's a hell of a player," he added. Alaska head coach Alex Compton went a step further, describing every game against Phoenix as a family reunion. A handful of current Fuel Masters, including coaches Louie Alas and Topex Robinson, are former Aces themselves. Now add Abueva to that list. "What it feels like to me everytime we play Phoenix, is like a family reunion," Compton said. "We're gonna go at it, we’re gonna play a game in the backyard and it’s gonna be intense. We’re gonna play hard case that’s what we do. But then, these are people you’ve got long-standing relationships with that you really care about," he added. But in the end though, facing off with Abueva is an experience in itself. Calvin is Calvin, after all. "I mean, Calvin’s Calvin. He’s gonna be all over the place, making plays, diving, playing with incredible energy, getting the balls that nobody should get to and making plays in transition and making the basket, hitting threes from time to time," Compton said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

PBA: Alaska shuts down Meralco in defensive struggle

Alaska is off to its own fresh start. The Aces survived the Meralco Bolts in a defensive struggle Friday, coming up with an 80-72 win at the MOA Arena for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Alaska got its first win in the true post-Calvin Abueva era as the Aces chalked up win no. 1 in the season-ending joust. "Glad we won," head coach Alex Compton said. "I'm definitely happy with the win, I was worried coming into the game, we were facing the back-to-back finalists and best import," he added. Alaska started to break away in the third period but the Bolts went on a final rally in the fourth. Fortunately, import Mike Harris came to save the day, knocking down a crucial three-pointer with 23 seconds to go to give the Aces an eight-point lead, 78-70. Harris led the team with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Three other locals scored in double figures for Alaska led by the returning Chris Banchero with 13. The Bolts lost back-to-back games and now sport a 1-2 mark. Meralco got 21 points and 11 rebounds from import Allen Durham in a rare down outing.   The Scores:  Alaska 80- Harris 23, Banchero 13, Enciso 11, Manuel 10, Baclao 6, Exciminiano 5, Racal 5, Galliguez 3, Pascual 2, Teng 2, Casio 0. Meralco 72 - Durham 21, Newsome 14, Amer 13, de Ocampo 8, Caram 6, Salva 5, Canaleta 3, Hodge 2, Hugnatan 0, Laneta 0, Tolomia 0. Quarterscores: 18-22, 33-40, 61-50, 80-72.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Riding high again, Team Lakay lauded by ONE chairman as best team in Asia

At the end of 2017, Benguet-based MMA stable Team Lakay found themselves on a bit of a downslide. After riding high for the latter part of 2016 and most of 2017, the team absorbed a number of bitter losses, including the KO loss that cost Eduard Folayang his ONE Championship Lightweight world title. Now, a little over seven months into 2018, Team Lakay is once again reaching new heights. 2018 saw flyweight star Geje Eustaquio become the interim flyweight world champion in January, and then unify the titles against Adriano Moraes in June. Friday at ONE: Reign of Kings in Manila, Team Lakay gained another world champion in bantamweight knockout artist Kevin Belingon, who defeated two-division world champion Martin Nguyen to become the interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. Team Lakay is also home to reigning BRAVE FC Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman. Already with three current world champions in their stable, it’s highly likely that there’s more to come. Former champions Folayang and Honorio Banario are currently tearing it up in the lightweight division, and both of them are very much in the title picture. Strawweight standout and former title contender Joshua Pacio is on a solid streak of his own, with three straight wins via stoppage. The 22-year old could be getting another crack at the championship again soon. While names like Edward Kelly, Danny Kingad, Gina Iniong, and April Osenio are also all part of the top-tier of their respective divisions. It’s shaping up to be yet another banner year for Team Lakay, and head coach Mark Sangiao saw it coming. After all, bouncing back isn’t anything new for the Philippines’ most prestigious MMA team. “Mayroon yung mga time, nasabi ko nung huli, nung unang mga ONE, matatalo kami ng 0-5, pero pinilit namin.” Coach Mark said during the post-fight press conference, Friday evening. “Tinignan namin talaga yung mga kulang, yung mga weak side nila, tapos na-improve hanggang sa bumawi kami, same with sa 2016.” 2016 saw Team Lakay go on a 16-fight winning streak, and then in November of that year, Folayang captured the ONE lightweight crown after dethroning long-time champion Shinya Aoki. “Tapos pumunta sa 2017, medyo may mga nag-pabaya.” Sangiao bared. “Nasabi ko nung huli na babalik yung team na mas-malakas pa.” True enough, Team Lakay has managed to bounce back and has gained even more prestige in the last couple of months. In fact, ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong has even gone so far as to say that he believes Team Lakay is the best team there is in Asia. “ I have massive respect for all fight teams, but I believe there is no question that Team Lakay is now the #1 fight team in Asia today.” Sityodtong said in a Facebook post. “Despite a very modest budget and limited resources, Mark Sangiao has produced one of the best fight teams in the world. Every fighter on Team Lakay is a genuine monster with outstanding skills, unlimited cardio, and extraordinary gameness.” High praise from the head honcho himself, and the owner of Evolve MMA in Singapore, another one of Asia's most talent-laden MMA stables. With all the success that the team is enjoying now, it’s up to them to keep the momentum going. They've been low, and now they're on a high. There's no doubt that they possess the talent, the skills, and the heart to go even higher......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

PVL: Lady Tams gore Lady Red Spikers for back-to-back wins

Far Eastern University recovered from a second set meltdown to capture its second straight win at the expense of debuting San Beda University, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Celine Domingo played her best game so far, stepping up on offense to put up a personal conference-high 22 points in a great display of her scoring prowess. Domingo tallied 15 kills, with four kill blocks and three aces lead the Lady Tamaraws, who kept their hold of the lead with a 2-0 win-loss slate. After dominating the opening set, FEU got into trouble in the second frame with the Lady Red Spikers tightening up on their defense at the net and hitter Nieza Viray finding her range. The Lady Tams adjusted in the third and fourth with Domingo, the UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker, punishing San Beda with her connection with setter Kyle Negrito, who finished with 21 excellent sets.      “Yung middle attack naming (nawala). Kailangan 'yung passing namin, mag-connect between the setter and the middle. Noong huli, noong nag-connect, gumanda 'yung flow ng laro ulit,”said FEU coach George Pascua, who is looking to steer the Lady Tams into the throne after a runner-up finish in the same tournament last year.  Ebon Lycha scored 10 while Jerrili Malabanan had nine markers for the Lady Tams. Viray finished with 17 points while Jiezela Viray got 12 for San Beda, which saw its top hitter and team captain Cesca Racraquin held down to only five markers.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Compton hopes resolute Aces become inspiration to the little guys

There was nothing more head coach Alex Compton could ask for the Aces, who did everything they could in a 104-99 loss to the San Miguel Beermen, who advanced to the finals yet again.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

‘We have another chance’

ANTIPOLO---Doing things right the whole game for the first time this week, Alaska gave its confidence a huge boost and pumped life in its PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign after a 125-104 ripping of defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their Final Four series at Ynares Center here. It was the highest scoring game in the series for the Aces, who forged a Game 4 slated Sunday after getting 24 points from the flu-stricken Vic Manuel coming off the bench and 21 points and 13 boards from import Diamon Simpson. "We got one [win] and that's all we needed [coming into this game]. Now we have another chance," Alaska coach Alex Compton said. "Today just kind of felt like our day...Keep on reading: ‘We have another chance’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Alaska stays alive after commanding Game 3 win over San Miguel

ANTIPOLO---Doing things right the whole game for the first time this week, Alaska gave its confidence a huge boost and pumped life in its PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign after a 125-104 ripping of defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their Final Four series at Ynares Center here. It was the highest scoring game in the series for the Aces, who forged a Game 4 slated Sunday after getting 24 points from the flu-stricken Vic Manuel coming off the bench and 21 points and 13 boards from import Diamon Simpson. "We got one (win) and that's all we needed (coming into this game). Now we have another chance," Alaska coach Alex Compton said. "Today just kind of felt like our d...Keep on reading: Alaska stays alive after commanding Game 3 win over San Miguel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

PBA: No changing anything for Vic Manuel even after foul-plagued Game 2

At one point in the ongoing 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Vic Manuel scored 20 points or more for 11 games in a row. That personal hot streak put up his conference averages at 24 points in 58 percent shooting on top of 6.4 rebounds. In Game 2 of Alaska’s semifinals series against defending champion San Miguel on Monday, however, the frontrunner for Best Player of the Conference was held down to just 15 points and three rebounds in only 22 minutes. Much of his impact came in the second half when the Beermen made their run. “Three fouls kasi ako agad kaya inupo na ako ni coach second quarter pa lang tas medyo matagal ako nagpahinga. Siguro, mali kong nagkaroon ako ng tatlong foul nang maaga,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Kahit papaano, nakatulong pa rin ako, pero kinapos pa rin kami.” Indeed, Manuel’s 14 points in the last 15 minutes of the game proved too little, too late and the Aces fell, 94-105, onto a 0-2 hole in the best-of-five series. Even though he was unable to play up to his standards because of foul trouble, the burly forward said he will not be changing anything about his game for the next game. “Sa Game 3, mas magiging aggressive ako,” he said, full of confidence. He then continued, “Sabi naman nila coach na kung anong ginagawa ko, i-continue ko lang at wag kong baguhin. Basta focused lang ako lalo sa susunod na game.” After all, Alaska will need their top gun to take the lead in the fight as they try to stay alive in the conference. “Basta kami, pagdating ng Game 3, lalaban pa rin kami. Ngayong Game 2, kinapos lang kami, pero ‘di pa rin kami susuko,” he expressed. He then continued, “’Di namin basta-basta ibibigay yung Game 3 at yung series na ‘to.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

PBA: After ordeal, Jeron Teng happy to be helping Alaska on the court again

Monday night in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 2 loss to San Miguel, Jeron Teng finished with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes for the Alaska Aces. And while it was a loss that pushed Alaska to the brink of elimination, head coach Alex Compton saw a bit of a silver lining in Teng’s performance. “I thought he did a great job. It's been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start to get his timing back and play more, be in better shape, I don't think you would think that Jeron got stabbed a month ago and we'd be worried about his life at the hospital.” A little over a month ago, Teng, along with former DLSU teammates Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres were involved in a scuffle that led to all three getting deep lacerations.  Teng’s perfomance in Game 2 was his best since the unfortunate incident. “If you watched the game and didn't know the situation, you would have never thought that that happened. To be able to play 21 minutes and mix it up, I thought it was great.” Compton added. Indeed, it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Teng, but more than anything, he’s just thankful to be on the floor and contributing again. “Well siyempre, after the incident, sarap lang talaga maglaro ng basketball ulit, I’m just happy I’m back again, playing and helping my teammates.” And while he did put up solid numbers, Teng believes that he could do more, especially now that their backs are against the wall. “Next game lang, we just have to play better. I have to play better parin kasi siyempre we lost, may mga points of improvement pa ako from this game, and it’s another experience from me.” As thankful as he was to be back on the court again, Teng also expressed his gratitude to the Alaska organization, who has been with him through all of this. “Siyempre it feels great, with the incident, the whole Alaska organization was behind me talaga, they supported me, they visited me, even si Boss [Wilfred] Uytengsu and yung mga coaches, they visited me in the hospital and they’re really supportive with what happened and the case na on-going, so sobrang thankful ko talaga sa kanila, sa buong Alaska organization.” Now, with the bitter memories of that fateful night in BGC behind him, Teng is just hungry to win and hopefully to help his team to a title. “Ako, gustong-gusto ko talaga maka-abot ng finals eh, mag-champion.” For Teng, a title would help remove the sting of the ordeal. “After ng incident, siguro pag nag-champion kami, makakalimutan ko na yun.” It’s going to be an uphill battle for Teng and the Aces to even come close to a finals berth however, as they’re now down 2-0 in a best-of-five series against the defending champions. Teng and the Aces face San Miguel in Game 3 on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

PBA: Chris Banchero misses Game 1 due to significant family emergency

It has been a tough few weeks for Chris Banchero. Over a month since losing his best friend, Alaska's leader in minutes missed Game 1 due to a 'significant family emergency', per Aces head coach Alex Compton.  Banchero left practice immediately and went home yesterday, but Compton did not elaborate over the specifics of the 'emergency'. "We're trying to respect his privacy and his space, but we got the news right at the end of practice yesterday. You know, Chris leads us in minutes played. He's one of our key pressure guys," the mentor said. "So our thoughts, our love and support are with him. But it's a family matter and we're going to leave it at that. But, I hope none of us go through it. That's all I can say." While there is not yet a definite timetable for his return, Compton and team management agree on one thing, let the Fil-Italian handle a private moment in his life. "Alaska's family's first. And this is not a questions. Dickie and I were talking. It's just hard. It's just hard. This is our jobs, but life is really bigger than basketball." Even though they lost one of the team's glue guys, the league leader in assists, Alaska vows to play even without him. "He's been doing a great job, and he's been one of our leaders. Our jobs don't stop. We have got to play them. We got to find a way to be great, try to find a way to be great. "   ___   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Stakes raised in semis clash

There's a lot at stake for both San Miguel Beer and Alaska when they start their best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Saturday night, with the Beermen having a dynasty to protect and the Aces needing to bury a haunted past.   "I wouldn't say that it's a motivation, but it's in there," Alaska coach Alex Compton told the Inquirer recently when asked if that fateful 2016 Philippine Cup title series, where the Aces blew a 3-0 lead to lose in the best-of-seven playoffs, is still in their minds.   "Would it be sweet beating them (Beermen)? Yes, simply because they're the best team in the league. And for us, that's enough motivation," he said...Keep on reading: Stakes raised in semis clash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018